Capacity Building with Partners

Our Community Engagement Program offers courses, workshops, and seminars to community members and researchers to build capacity for community-engaged research.

  • Communities Connecting to Research (CCR)
    The self-paced online module training introduces community members to the basics of community-engaged research (CEnR). The online module is inspired by the PCORI-funded Connecting Communities to Research toolkit co-developed by BU faculty and community partners. To access the CCR module, please visit
  • Communicating to Engage (CtE) Workshops
    The 3-hour (1-hour self-paced, 2-hours Zoom) is offered to community members and researchers to promote self-reflection to identify implicit bias, power structures in relationships, and strategies to improve communication with people representing diverse groups. The workshop is offered throughout the year. To request to participate in a CtE Workshop or to learn more, please contact Dema Hakim.
  • Monthly Community Engagement Seminars, “3rd Thursday Series”
    This monthly educational series is open to community members and researchers who are interested in learning about Community Engaged Research approaches. Panelists are invited each month to have a discussion on a CEnR topic. Sessions are held the 3rd Thursday of each month. To request more information, please contact Dema Hakim.

To view previous sessions’ recordings, visit the YouTube page!

  • Networking @ Noon
    A monthly opportunity for community members and BU and BMC researchers to meet in smallgroups over Zoom and discuss core competencies for meaningful community engaged research. Join us every 3rd Thursday to learn from people who represent a wide range of experiences and settings.
  • Community Engagement CITI Module
    The Community Engagement Program offers a CITI module for community-engaged research. Instructions for accessing the module can be found here. A certificate and transcript of the training are provided upon completion. The module is available to any CITI user.
  • Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research: Positionality, Ethics, and Power:
    This doctoral-level course familiarizes students with the history of community-engaged research, positionality and racial justice, partnership development and implementation, translating research into action, ethical considerations, and partnership evaluation.  The course will be offered in Spring 2022 through the Boston University School of Social Work.

For more information on any of our events, courses, or workshops, please contact Dema Hakim.